For immediate release
March 14, 2017
(Montreal) — The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) System Council No. 11, which represents over 700 Signals and Communications workers at Canadian National Railway, may be facing a possible work stoppage effective 00:01 March 21, 2017.
The Parties had only just commenced negotiations when CN filed application with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services prior to the December 31 2016 expiration of the current Collective Agreement. Although CN initiated the time constraints to this bargaining session their actions since the application don’t reflect the urgency of timelines of the process. The parties have met on 4 separate occasions for multiple days with only minimal progress prior to the expiration of the Conciliation period. The company triggered the March 20 deadline by refusing to agree with the Union to extend Conciliation.
“It is and has always been the Union’s position to bargain a good faith, fair settlement for our members without the necessity of time restrictions or job action. Unless there is a change in the company’s attitude and approach to negotiating a fair settlement, the Union will be forced to take strike action to move forward,” says Steve Martin Senior General Chairman of IBEW System Council No. 11.
IBEW System Council No. 11 represents the workers who install and maintain signals and trackside equipment for most of the nation’s railroads including commuter trains like the AMT in Montreal and GO transit in the Toronto area. Automatic signals and switches installed and maintained by our members allow railroads to move large numbers of freight and passenger trains at higher speed and with great safety. Our members also install and maintain the warning systems used at railroad-highway crossings, which play a vital role in ensuring the safety of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
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Senior General Chairman
IBEW System Council No. 11